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Norway Chess 2024, Round 2: Vaishali beats Koneru; Praggnanandhaa loses to reigning World Champion Liren

The second round of the prestigious Norway Chess saw all three classical games ending in a draw once again at the SpareBank 1 SR-Bank on Tuesday. Magnus Carlsen, Alireza Firouzja, and Ding Liren won with white in the subsequent Armageddon games to grab 1.5 points each.

India’s prodigy Praggnanandhaa R, who held a 2-0 head-to-head lead against World Champion Ding Liren, played out his first classical draw in the round of the Norway Chess 2024 main event. The Chinese GM then emerged victorious in the Armageddon tie-breaker, as per a press release from Norway Chess.

In the highly anticipated pairing of the day, Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura played out a closely contested classical game that ended in a draw. Carlsen, demonstrating his exceptional skill under pressure, managed to secure a crucial victory, adding to his impressive Armageddon record and taking a lead of 3 points in the tournament standings.

Meanwhile, Alireza Firouzja and Fabiano Caruana also drew their classical game after a complex struggle. Firouzja’s abilities in speed chess shone through in the Armageddon game as he bagged crucial 1.5 points.

Vaishali R defeated fellow Indian Koneru Humpy to register her first classical win in the Norway Chess Women’s Tournament. Despite Humpy’s slight advantage in the opening, a critical blunder under time pressure allowed Vaishali to claim victory and become India’s number two female player on the live rating list, overtaking Humpy.

The other two classical matches between Lei Tingjie and Pia Cramling, along with Ju Wenjun and Anna Muzychuk, ended up in hard-fought draws. The Chinese duo of Wenjun and Tingjie emerged victorious in their respective Armageddon games.

-Round 3 Pairings-

Norway Chess main event
Praggnanandhaa R vs Magnus Carlsen; Fabiano Caruana vs Ding Liren; Hikaru Nakamura vs Alireza Firouzja

Norway Chess Women’s tournament
Anna Muzychuk vs Vaishali R; Pia Cramling vs Ju Wenjun; Koneru Humpy vs Lei Tingjie.

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